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post #1 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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show prep practice!

Soooo the other day I went out and bought a WHOLE bunch of show prepping stuff. Today I tried out the shampoo and the clear highlighter, as well as playing with braiding her mane and tail... Yeah. Umm. She was pretty good, except I'd have liked to have done a nicer forelock braid and her mane could have been a lot tidier, plus I didn't bother sewing any of the braids. But still, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, considering it was a practice run ahead of the show we have on the 5th of November :)

She looked gorgeous, the photos really don't show it very well, and excuse how she's standing... I really didn't stand her up well, and her hooves would like a trim. I'll get on THAT tomorrow. Photos do not represent her colour very well at all! She is a lot darker and more golden than that.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 07:01 AM
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You have a beautiful horse, she looks sweet
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Thanks! I think so too, but of course I'm biased.

Question for the showies; should I attack her with the trimmers and trim off her feathers and tidy up her ears a bit? Seeing as how I'll be tarting her up with shine spray and the works, I feel like I might as well, but my mum keeps telling me no (she is SO not a showie!) so I'd like some guidance from someone who's more into that sort of thing than we are. We're going to be in the best presented/handler class for my age group and if I'm paying the entry fees we might as well make the effort to be turned out to the nines... right?
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 07:20 AM
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She looks great!
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Thank you!
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 08:17 AM
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Great job! She looks fantastic!!!
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 10:00 AM
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Good job!!! Very smart to pratice ahead :)

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 12:01 PM
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I love the first picture. She looks sweet.

Regarding the clippers, I would trim her feathers and ears.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-07-2011, 12:41 PM
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Nice little filly

I would trim the ears, whiskers and fetlocks to give her that finished look.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-08-2011, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Not going anywhere near the whiskers, they are there for a reason. Ears and fetlocks will be trimmed, but ears will not be boned out, just tidied up.

Re the practicing ahead, I'm only doing it because I had honestly NO idea if I'd be able to get her to stand for braiding... and washing was expected to be a huge challenge, she hates water. Turns out it's not as hard as I expected, which is nice, and I'll probably do a few more practice runs between now and the show. I want to have her presented nicely enough that we have half a chance in best presented, but I don't want to take off anything that I believe is important (like whiskers)
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